The Associated Press
Wicked, a quirky and fantasy-filled musical about those folks who live along the Yellow Brick Road, picked up 10 Tony Award nominations Monday.
Assassins, the controversial Stephen Sondheim musical, followed with seven and four shows tied with six nominations apiece: Caroline, or Change, Fiddler on the Roof, Avenue Q and the Lincoln Center revival of Henry IV.
Hugh Jackman, who will host the Tony ceremony June 6, was among the nominees for outstanding actor in a musical for his portrayal of Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz. Kevin Kline and Christopher Plummer picked up nominations for best actor in a play.
Anna in the Tropics, last year's Pulitzer winner; Frozen, the chilling tale of a young girl's disappearance; I Am My Own Wife, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for drama; and The Retreat From Moscow, got nods for best play.
Besides Wicked, Avenue Q and Caroline, or Change, the other best musical nominee was The Boy From Oz.
Jackman will compete for top honors with Hunter Foster, Little Shop of Horrors; Alfred Molina, Fiddler on the Roof, Euan Morton, Taboo and John Tartaglia, who plays a puppeteer in Avenue Q.
Competing for best actress in a musical were Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel for Wicked, Donna Murphy for Wonderful Town, Tonya Pinkins for Caroline, or Change and Stephanie D'Abruzzo, who sings the part of a puppet in Avenue Q.
Kline and Plummer were nominated for their roles in Henry IV and King Lear, respectively. They face Simon Russell Beale, Jumpers;Frank Langella, Match; and Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife.
Nominated for best performance by an actress in a play were: Eileen Atkins, The Retreat From Moscow; Tovah Feldshuh, Golda's Balcony; Anne Heche, Twentieth Century; Swoosie Kurtz, Frozen and Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun.
Sean "P Diddy" Combs might have been passed over for an acting nomination for his work in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun, but the Lorraine Hansberry drama was nominated for its three actresses (Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Audra McDonald) and revival of a play.
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